A while back (and mind you this may mean it was last year) I was reading a post by agent turned author Nathan Bransford about being a nervous wreck regarding the submission of his book to editors. This was an agent who understood the process and he woke up in a cold sweat, terrified that he wasn’t going to sell.
It’s been a week since my agent gave me the thumbs up on my project.
Now a week may seem like a long time not to hear any updates but in publishing a week is like a nano second. Publishing is a painfully slooooow process. So the fact that I haven’t had The Call in a week (don’t laugh my fellow authors) is in no way surprising.
That does not mean, however, that the obsessive checking of the email or the voice mail or the phone in general has not occurred. In the brief moments of clarity that occurred over my hell week at work, I checked my email hoping for a note from Richard. Instead, there were notes from Avon, which I’m still trying to figure out how those arrived in my military email inbox but I digress.
The other thing that’s been going on, in addition to complete exhaustion from the Army is that I haven’t written anything. I jotted off a quick idea for a second book after my Angels Before Me but that was the extent of it. I’m staring at the blank page and …nothing.
Which is okay. I’m not freaking out about the lack of writing thing but I do miss that kick of a new idea burning through my fingertips. There is one there, I’m just waiting for it to hit me full force. It’ll probably happen in the middle of command and staff where I have to actually pay attention but hey, at least it’ll happen.
Anyway, it’s been a week. I have no idea if any editors have even asked for it and I’m trying to hard not to be a neurotic douche bag and email my agent and beg for any information at all. I promised him I wouldn’t (which for me is huge, trust me). So I’m here, as usual, using my blog as therapy.
So tell me fellow authors, how do you handle the agony of waiting for any news during the submissions process? Do you get play by plays from your agent or do you tell her/him not to call until there’s official news? Do you want to know about the rejections? Or just the requests?